Elma Public Library

Elma Public Library
Library Info

1860 Bowen Rd.
Elma, NY 14059
United States

Fax: 716-652-0381
Thomas Carloni, Director

Located on the corner of Bowen and Rice Roads, east of Route 400. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot and book drop available.

Public Access Computers: 14 computers, networked, including 3 laptops, printing 10¢ per B&W page, 25¢ per color page, flatbed scanner, Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Wi-fi available.

Meeting Room, capacity 60. Copy machine, copies 15 cents each.  Click here for Meeting Room Policy & Application

We offer Notary Services. Please call ahead to confirm Notary is available.

What's Special About the Elma Library

Local History Collection


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You'll now be able to borrow a variety of non-traditional materials from the Elma Public Library!  We have a GoPro camera, a portable record player, musical instruments, robots, and more!  Click here to see the full list. 


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The Elma Public Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

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 The Elma Public Library is open for in-person browsing!  Facial coverings are required when in the library for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.

 Our Open Hours are:

Monday 12 - 8pm

Tuesday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 12 - 8pm

Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Closed Sunday


Ongoing Fall Events

  • Preschool Storytime at the Library - Thursdays at 10:30am from September 16th through October 21st.  For ages 31/2 to 51/2.  Prepare your child for school!  We'll be doing stories, games and crafts!  Please register by calling 652-2719.  Children must abide by all current mask & social distancing guidelines.  
  • Virtual Storytime for Babies & Toddlers - Tuesdays at 10:30am from September 14th through October 19th.  Treat your little ones to songs and stories!  Tune in to Facebook Live with Ms. Kate!  Click on the link and we'll see you there!

   ​​​​​    September

  • Elma Library Book Club - Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.  Copies of the book are available for you to check out - just ask at the front desk!  All are welcome to this fun and lively gathering!  Sign up by calling 652-2719 or by stopping in at the library.
  • Teen Book Club - Monday, September 27th at 6:30pm.  For ages 11-17.  Join us to talk about your favorite books, and bring your recommendations!  Call 652-2719 to register.  Attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.

October

  • Western New York Amusement Parks - Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30pm.  Did you know that WNY once had more amusement parks than Coney Island?  Western New Yorkers love our amusement parks, and we have been patronizing them since 1853.  Learn about parks long gone, like Luna Park and the Rialto, and recall days of kiddie parks such as Dealings and Glen Park.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Guide for Basic and Advanced Estate Planning - Thursday, October 7th at 2:00pm.  We'll cover basic estate planning (Wills, Power's of Attorney, Health Care Proxy's and Living Wills) and advanced estate planning (Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts).  We'll also discuss the basics of Medicaid, and how to qualify and/or protect assets from long-term care costs either through advanced estate planning or last minute crisis planning.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • A Not So Scary Halloween Storytime! - Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30pm.  For children in grades K-3.  Join us for Halloween stories, games and crafts!  Please register by calling 652-2719.
  • The Perception of Time - Thursday, October 14th at 2:00pm.  What is time?  How we perceive time is a fascinating mix of psychology and philosophy combined with the mingling of our consciousness and our memories.  Learn more about how time is mentally constructed and significantly personalized as it ebbs and flows throughout our life.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Elma Library Book Club - Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30pm.  This month's book club selection is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.  Copies of the book are available for you to check out - just ask at the front desk!  All are welcome to this fun and lively gathering!  Sign up by calling 652-2719 or by stopping in at the library.
  • History & Geology of the Niagara Gorge - Thursday, October 21st at 2:00pm.  Niagara Falls is one of the most recognizable waterfalls in the world; it also happens to be in our backyard.  Learn what makes this geological wonder so dynamic.  Explore the historical & cultural significance of the oldest state park in America and how it impacts us today.  Journey down through time to discover how Niagara Falls got its shape, how it's still changing today, and what secrets lie beneath this geological wonder.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.
  • Violence Behind the Battle for Women's Suffrage - Thursday, October 28th at 2:00pm.  This presentation will give an overview of the lobbying for women's suffrage in the early 1900's.  Under the leadership of Alice Paul and the National Women's Party a fierce campaign of civil disobedience pushed for the vote.  The sacrifices of these women should encourage us all to value our precious right to vote.  Presented through the Erie County Department of Senior Services University Express program for patrons age 55 and over.  Call 652-2719 to register.  Please note, all attendees must observe all current mask & social distancing guidelines.

A new Virtual Learning/Homeschooling subject guide has been added to the Library website.  This is a great educational resource for any families and children learning from home this fall!  It features learning resources for all grade levels, as well as virtual tours of museums, zoos, aquariums and historical sites!  Click here to check it out!

Elma Public Library Board Info

The next meeting of the Elma Public Library Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30pm at the Elma Public Library.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, please call 652-2719.


Annual Report


Board of Trustees

Susan Sudlik, President
Thomas E. Pirrung, Vice President
Ellen B. McGreevy, Treasurer
Nathan Clinard, Secretary                                                                                                                                                    Eileen R. Holden                                                                                                                                                                            Kelly J. Helbling 

The Elma Board of Trustees meets at 6:30pm the second Tuesday of every month, except for July of 2021. 


Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

2021 Minutes

2020 Minutes

2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes


Bylaws

  • Click here for the By-laws of the Elma Public Library

Budget

 


Strategic Plan

  • Click here for the Elma Public Library's Three Year Plan 2019-2021